Research Data Access and Preservation Summit
Day 2 Thursday, March 11, 2021
Radical Change for RDM in Canada – Stakeholders, Services, and Synergies
Speaker: Jeff Moon, Portage Director
Building on many years of effort and progress, Research Data Management (RDM) is entering an exciting and radical new era in Canada with the creation of a New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) that brings RDM, Advanced Research Computing (ARC), and Research Software (RS) together into one cohesive enterprise. The significant government investment in RDM this represents reflects confidence in work accomplished to date and a shared aspirational vision for the future. This presentation will outline strategic service and platform directions for RDM in Canada – making data more open and discoverable — and the synergies that merging with ARC and RS will foster. We’ll also look at the foundational and ongoing role of a Canada-wide Network of Experts coordinated by a national RDM Secretariat and aligned closely with the research data life cycle. We’ll introduce new tools, resources, and platforms and how community engagement has underpinned everything we do.
A Sensitive Data Toolkit for Researchers: Supporting Sensitive Data Sharing in Canada
Speaker: Victoria Smith, Policy, Privacy, & Sensitive Data Coordinator, Portage Network
Following the Open Science movement, sensitive data are becoming increasingly discoverable and accessible. Researchers need creative tools and solutions to address the ethics and privacy considerations involved in making their sensitive data shareable. The Portage Sensitive Data Expert Group has produced a Sensitive Data Toolkit to help researchers and research ethics boards support sensitive data sharing. This toolkit will help to steward the paradigm shift from the present model, in which sensitive data are typically presumed to be single-use only, to a new model in which valuable sensitive data are continuously re-used and preserved as appropriate. This new model enhances participant autonomy and supports the principles of equity and justice embedded in Canadian research ethics policy. Innovations in sensitive data management increase Canadian research capacity while providing Canadians with greater opportunity to contribute to research.